It seems like forever ago that Spring Training started. Everyone was optimistic. We had the very best pitching staff. We had everyone healthy and ready to go. We were already talking about who we were going to face in the World Series.
Then Chase was "sore", Brad was "sore". Polly's elbow was still a bit tweaked up. And the doomsday pessimism followed. All of the sudden, the Phillies were NOT the team to beat. They were old, hurt, and had an offense that was anemic. All of the sudden, we were the underdogs.
I was just ready for the real season to start.
Date, Time: April 1, 2011, 1:05 PM
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Opponent: The Houston Astros
Pitching Matchup: Roy Halladay vs. Brett Myers
Pregame: Met up with some fine twitter folk in Lot K for a breakfast tailgate after it stopped snowing. Oh and apparently this:
Food/Drink: amazingly bought NOTHING in the stadium today
Thumbs Up:Helllllo WALKOFF!!!!! The return of Lady Pha Pha. The general fact that baseball games that count were being played again.
Thumbs Down:Brett Myers making the Phillies offense look a bit silly. Wearing almost as many layers to a baseball game as I would to go snowboarding.
Thumbs Indifferent: Maybe it's time we figure out a new "Opening Day" routine....the walking in from 10th street and trying not to fall down some steps coming out the outfield was awesome the first time I saw it, but I'm ready for something new...
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